Edit: I’m pushing the closing date/time back to Monday Feb. 7th at 9pm EST!
During my recent editing journeys, I’ve noticed how many unnecessary words I was removing. What’s up with all that flowery redundant prose? Pointless. It wasn’t helping the flow of the story. In fact, they bogged it down and made my writing look immature. Being succinct and tightening up your writing is a talent in itself. Less is more, right? So I decided to hold a contest to help you, my fellow writers, get in the habit of writing without using all those extra words.
What I need from you guys is a piece of micro fiction. 101 words exact. It does need to be a story. That means a beginning, middle and end. 101 words should be a snap for those of us writing novels over 50k, right? I think you’ll find it’s harder than it seems!
You can go here and see an example I wrote a couple of years ago.
Here’s what you need to do to enter:
- Post your piece of micro fiction in the comments section of this post by Sunday, Feb. 6th 9pm EST
- “Like” me on FaceBook: MB Mulhall
- Follow me on Twitter: queenbeetf
That’s it! I’m not going to ask for proof of your “liking” or following because let’s be honest, you can just go unlike me or not follow me right after the contest. We’ll leave it up to the honor system.
Now before you start to swamp me with entries, we’ve got one more thing to discuss. The prize! While the skill is an important one regardless of prizes, I though I would sweeten the deal. The winner will get to choose one of these great books that I read in the last year:
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levinthan
- Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
- Lament – Maggie Stiefvater
- Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
- Incarceron – Catherine Fisher
- Graceling – Kristin Cashore
Along with the book, I will post your piece and promote your blog and/or website and Twitter account (if you don’t have one, you should get one!). Runners up will receive a web badge and I will also post their piece and promote a site of their choice.
I think that’s about it! The contest is open to anyone who’s interested and I can’t wait to see what comes in. Good luck everyone!